Chad Tracy

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For the baseball player in the Kansas City Royals organization, see Chad Tracy (baseball, born 1985).
Chad Tracy
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Tracy in spring training with the Nationals in 2012
Third baseman
Born: (1980-05-22) May 22, 1980 (age 34)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2013 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
Batting average .274
Home runs 86
Runs batted in 358
Teams

Chad Austin Tracy (born May 22, 1980) is a former American professional baseball third baseman who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and Washington Nationals over a 10 year career.

College career and draft[edit]

Tracy compiled a .339 batting average during his career at East Carolina University. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Minor league career[edit]

He played third base in El Paso, Texas, for the El Paso Diablos. In four minor league seasons, Tracy hit .335 with 24 home runs, 85 doubles, and 206 RBIs in 337 games. In 2002, he was selected to participate in the Futures Game during the All-Star break as the starting third baseman on the U.S. squad.[1]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

2004–08[edit]

Tracy made his major league debut with Arizona in 2004. He finished his rookie season with a .285 average, eight home runs, 53 RBIs, and a .343 on-base percentage in 143 games. He led NL third basemen with 25 errors, and he had a major-league-low .935 fielding percentage at third.[2]

In 2005, Tracy had a breakout season, as he batted .308 (7th-best in the league) with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs. He also had a slugging percentage of .533, 10th-best in the NL.

Tracy's numbers dipped in the 2006 season. He batted .281 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs. His slugging percentage went down over 100 points from his 2005 total, going from .553 to .451. His 129 strikeouts went up as they nearly doubled his 2005 total. He also tied Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead in errors by a third baseman, with 25,[3] as he again had a .935 fielding percentage at third base.

His numbers dipped again in 2007, as he batted .264—the lowest batting average of his major league career.[4] He batted .222 with 2 out and runners in scoring position.

In 2008 he had his lowest on-base percentage (.308) and slugging percentage (.414) of his major league career, as he batted .267.[4] He again batted .222 with 2 out and runners in scoring position.

2009[edit]

Tracy playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009.

On May 6, 2009, Tracy (who was batting .224) was taken out of the starting lineup, replaced by Josh Whitesell, who was called up to the Diamondbacks after hitting .356 for the Reno Aces with a .477 on-base percentage (2nd in the Pacific Coast League) and a .552 slugging percentage.[5] Manager Bob Melvin said Whitesell would get a chance to play every day,[6][7] and that Tracy "is going to pinch hit, (and) he's going to fill in at third and first for a while."[7] That did not last long, however, as on May 19, not even two weeks later, Melvin had been fired as manager and the team optioned Whitesell back to Reno.[8]

A right-oblique strain that Tracy suffered May 29 led to him being placed on the 15-day disabled list. Tracy came off the disabled list after missing 27 games.[9]

Tony Clark was released in mid-July, and Whitesell was called back up for the third time in the season to replace him on July 16.[10] Tracy said:

Obviously, I want the playing time, I want to be out there every day. Right now, there are a lot of question marks, especially for me, and some of the other guys that are on their last year of their contract or have some value to be traded, so I think we're probably at that point now where anything can happen. I wouldn't be surprised by anything.[11]

Manager AJ Hinch spoke with Tracy, who was batting a career-low .222 with a .288 on-base percentage at the time, and Whitesell on July 17. He told them that Whitesell would get the bulk of the action at first base, starting four or five times a week "for the time being".[12] After the 2009 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks did not pick up Tracy's 2010 option, which permitted Tracy to file for free agency.

Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Florida Marlins[edit]

2010[edit]

On January 26, 2010, Tracy signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs with an invite to spring training. The deal was announced on January 27, 2010.[13] On March 29, the Cubs announced that Tracy had made the major league Cubs' 25 man roster. On May 7, Tracy was sent down to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs[14] to make room for Starlin Castro. Tracy was designated for assignment by the Cubs.[15] Tracy was released by the Cubs on July 1, 2010.

Tracy signed with the New York Yankees on July 9, 2010,[16] and he was assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees but eventually opted out of his contract, making him a Free Agent.

Tracy signed with the Florida Marlins on August 5, 2010.[17]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

2011[edit]

Tracy signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan to play the 2011 season.[18]

Washington Nationals[edit]

2012–2013[edit]

Chad Tracy signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals in the spring of 2012. He showed enough improvement at the plate during spring training to make the club's opening day roster.[19] He was made a member of the Nationals' bench, where he was been a productive left-handed bat. In two seasons he hit .269 in 2012 but declined to just .202 in 2013, his final season for the Nationals.[20]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Retirement[edit]

2014[edit]

Tracy signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on January 29, 2014.[21] He was released on March 23.[22] On April 26, Tracy announced his retirement from baseball.

Personal life[edit]

He was married in 2007 to Katie Martin.[23] They have three daughters, Ella, Brynn, and Leah.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SI.com – 2003 MLB All-Star – Futures Game: Team USA thumbnails – Sunday July 13, 2003 05:16 PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. July 13, 2003. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders – Major League Baseball – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders – Major League Baseball – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Chad Tracy  #9  3B (May 22, 1980). "Chad Tracy Stats, News, Photos – Chicago Cubs – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Aces' Whitesell Called Up To Arizona Diamondbacks". Kolotv.com. May 6, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ Piecoro, Nick (May 6, 2009). "D-Backs' slow start sparks changes". Azcentral.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Scout.com: Whitesell Will Be Everyday First Baseman". Eastcarolina.scout.com. May 7, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com. "Qualls looks for opportunities | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Bagnato, Andrew, "Diamondbacks looking for answers in second half," Charleston Daily Mail, 7/16/09, accessed 7/16/09
  11. ^ Gintonio, Jim (July 16, 2009). "Whitesell recalled; Tracy wondering". Azcentral.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ Piecoro, Nick (July 17, 2009). "Piecero, Nick, "Hinch: Whitesell to get bulk of time at 1B," ''The Arizona Republic'', 7/17/09, accessed 7/18/09". Azcentral.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Source: Chicago Cubs are set to sign infielder Chad Tracy to a minor league contract – ESPN Chicago". Sports.espn.go.com. January 26, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ url=http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=3586&sn=t
  15. ^ Muskat, Carrie (2010-06-25). "Cubs activate Ramirez, designate Tracy | cubs.com: News". Chicago.cubs.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  16. ^ Cafardo, Nick (2008-07-27). "What if Yankees get Lee? - Extra Bases - Red Sox blog". Boston.com. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  17. ^ http://joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/08/tracy_signed_as_free_agent.html
  18. ^ http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/16/journeyman-chad-tracy-signs-to-play-in-japan/
  19. ^ Kilgore, Adam (April 2, 2012). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "Chad Tracy 2012 Batting Splits - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "David Freese, Angels reach deal". Associated Press. ESPN.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Angels release Carlos Pena, Chad Tracy, Torrealba". Associated Press. ESPN.com. March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ [2][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ty Wigginton
Topps Rookie All-Star Third Baseman
2004
Succeeded by
Garrett Atkins